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How does my income affect how much I can deduct for medical expenses?

Your net income and not your total gross income, affects the amount of medical expenses you can claim as a credit.

You can claim the total amount of eligible medical expenses minus $2,352* or 3% of your net income, whichever amount is smaller.

For example:

  • Your net income is $25,000 for the year.
  • Your medical expenses add up to $840.
  • You can claim $840 minus $2,352 or 3% of your net income, whichever amount is smaller.
  • 3% of your net income ($25,000) is $750. This amount is smaller than $2,352 so this is the amount we’ll use for our calculations.
  • So you can claim $840 - $750 = $90 as a credit.

If your total medical expenses are less than 3% of your net income, they can’t be applied as credits.

Note: Only expenses, or portions of expenses, that haven’t been reimbursed to you can be included as medical expenses for income tax purposes.

*This amount is for the 2019 tax year. 

Related information

How do I enter my medical expenses?

What medical expenses can I claim?

How do I choose a claim period for medical expenses?

Eligible medical expenses you can claim on your tax return (source: CRA)

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